Healthcare Employer Learning Consortium

The Healthcare Employer Learning Consortium is a a joint effort between the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Pathways to Work program and the Dallas Fort-Worth Hospital Council Foundation. It is a cross-functional collaboration of funders, employers and training providers working to create innovative solutions for moving entry-level workers into good middle-skill jobs and ensure employers have a pipeline of skilled and ready-to-work employees. Pathways to Work is a local partner of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and a member of its network of more than 30 regional collaboratives. The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation is a critical partner of Pathways to Work and played a key role in convening the regional hospital collaborative members in implementing and supporting the consortium activities.

Meetings are held periodically with the consortium to share best practices and engage other community partners and educational institutions in activities. Hospitals participating in the Consortium include:

Baylor Scott & White – Children’s Health – JPS – Medical City Healthcare – Methodist Health System – Parkland – Texas Health Resources – UT Southwestern

Job Focus: Patient Care Technicians

The first job focus for the Consortium was Patient Care Technician. In 2017, a number of hospitals and healthcare systems in North Texas were experiencing difficulty recruiting and high turnover in their patient care technician (PCT)/patient care associate (PCA) positions, so this job was chosen as the initial focus.

Best Practices coming soon. 

Better Skills Better Jobs Grant

In 2018, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas secured a grant from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions to fund the activities being implemented by hospitals.  Three hospitals received funding – Methodist Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, and UT Southwestern. For more information, please watch the Better Skills Better Jobs Feature Video.

Click Below for Case Studies Highlighting Their Work

Residency Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center Builds a Pipeline of Highly- Skilled PCTs 

PCT Preceptor Training at Methodist Health System Builds Skill & Confidence 

Rose Award:  Recognizing Service Excellence of the Patient Care Technician